Hearts Made Whole (Beacon of Hope #2) by Jody Hedlund

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

After her father’s death, Caroline Taylor has grown confident running the Windmill Point Lighthouse. But in 1865 Michigan, women aren’t supposed to have such roles, so it’s only a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector appoints a new keeper–even though Caroline has nowhere else to go and no other job available to her.

Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran still haunted by the horrors of battle. He’s been given the post as lighthouse keeper, and the isolation where he can drown in drink and hide from his past is appealing. He’s not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who’s none-too-pleased to be giving up her position. They both quickly realize he’s in no shape to run the lighthouse, but Ryan’s unwilling to let anyone close, ravaged by memories and guilt. Caroline’s drawn to this wounded soul, but with both of them relying on that single position, can they look past their loss to a future filled with hope…and possibly love?

About this author

Jody Hedlund is an award-winning and bestselling author of inspirational historical romances including books for adults and youth. She currently makes her home in central Michigan with her husband and their five busy children.

As a busy mama-writer, she has the wonderful privilege of teaching her crew of 5 children at home. In between grading math papers and giving spelling tests, she occasionally does a load of laundry and washes dishes. When she's not busy being a mama, you can find her in front of her laptop working on another of her page-turning stories.

She loves reading almost as much as she loves writing, especially when it also involves chocolate and coffee. 


My Thoughts:

It's 1865 and women are suppose to be married, and raising children, not taking care of a lighthouse. Caroline highly disagrees with Mr. Finick the manager of the lighthouse. She is definitely in a pickle,  he has hired her replacement and gives her til the end of the week to pack up her siblings and leave. 
The replacement arrives early startling her and she hits him over the head with her pillow. That is by far one of my favorite scenes in the book.
Jody says in the author's note that the reader will learn to turn to God with every need you have. "Lord, I need you, how I need you. Every hour I need you." She weaves this thread beautifully throughout the book, while teaching about how the lighthouse operates; which I really enjoyed. I love lighthouses, and I named my blog Radiant Light because of my love of lighthouses.
This is the second book in this series, however it can stand alone.
Highly recommended!


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